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  1. I'm as slow as Molasses in the dead of Winter in Northern Alaska............but I've got this latest knife just about ready to deliver. I yet need to wipe some finish on the stabilized handle. I sanded it to 1200 grit and hand buffed it, but I think it would benefit from a thin finish. I'm thinking 100% Tung Oil. I've used it quite a bit on my wood carving knives. Also ordered the maker's mark stamp for my leather sheaths today. They are about 3 weeks behind because of the Pandemic, so I guess I'll have to be patient. Here's the proof they sent me. Going to start
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  2. I found a 700gr hatchet in a market that had an elongated and teardrop "eye" for the handle with a beatiful shape. I took it with the idea of modifying it and obtaining a bearded one with the addition of a steel beard obtained from the leafspring of a truck thick enough to be forged. then I cut away a piece of the bevel of the purchased axe and welded the leafspring. then I forged the new bevel, reshape the profile, heat treated and sharpened it. with a nice piece of walnut I made the curved handle and with a piece of lthick leather a sheath to protect the edge (and myself). for those who w
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  3. Chris that's a nice leather working station. Josh thanks for the vise jaw tip . I think I will contact Jeremy I've been thinking about it, but thought for now I would go with the less expensive manual option.
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  4. Got a few deliveries this week now I can start to making more exact plans for the Hydraulic press. Not a phone book,but this is how I felt when the cylinder showed up.
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  5. I have had problems with my leg vise not gripping stock securely and mine is actually in really good condition. The best thing I ever did to it is make a pair of loosely fitting jaws from angle iron. Because they wobble a bit they correct the angle from the vise and also grip tapered knife blades without marring. The more precise a vise is, the worse it grips forged pieces.
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  6. I made a handle core out of some scrap oak I had laying around, and then attempted to cover it with leather. I've only tried a leather wrap one other time, and this one turned out marginally better, but not great. I need to develop this skill...
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